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Delivering high-end computing systems and services to NASA's aeronautics, exploration, science, and space technology missions.


If you are a NASA-sponsored scientist or engineer, computing time is available to you at the High-End Computing (HEC) Program's NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Facility and NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS).


Section of snapshot showing the response of nitrogen dioxide to COVID-19 restrictions in Europe
01.19.21 - 2020 HEC Needs Assessment Report Now Available
The NASA High-End Comuting (HEC) Needs Assessment report documents the HEC users’ needs raised during a virtual workshop that took place June 1–19, 2020 in terms of computing capacity, technology, services, human resources, and programmatic. The HEC Program will use the information to develop future investment and program implementation strategies.


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05.11.21 - NSF, NASA Award Funds NMSU Professor’s Research on How Planets Form
A three-year program at New Mexico State University, funded through the National Science Foundation and NASA, will allow astronomy assistant professor Wladimir Lyra to create a roadmap of planet formation using supercomputers, including those at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) Facility.
Visualization of two orbiting supermassive black holes
05.07.21 - NCCS Staff Spotlight: Ying Shen
In honor of Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May, the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) recognizes the contributions of a staff member who exemplifies the best qualities of this team, contributing every day to NASA’s missions and supporting scientific research through his hard work and many talents.
Portion of world map showing CMIP6 contributors
04.30.21 - GISS and NCCS Contribute to CMIP6 International Climate Model Intercomparison Project
The NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) contributed results from hundreds of the institute’s historical and future climate simulations to the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 6 (CMIP6). The GISS simulations ran on the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) Discover supercomputer.
Map of Europe comparing GEOS-CF forecasts and GAW observations
04.27.21 - GMAO Science Snapshot: GEOS-CF Surface Ozone Compares Well Against Background Observations from the Global Atmospheric Watch (GAW) Network
Comparisons against observations from the GAW network highlight that NASA’s GEOS composition forecast system (GEOS-CF) captures much of the observed spatial and temporal variability of surface ozone. GEOS-CF runs daily at the NCCS.
Features contributing to Atmospheric River Dena
04.23.21 - GMAO Science Snapshot: GEOS-S2S Predicted 2020 Summertime Precipitation Anomalies Three Months in Advance
The Goddard Earth Observing System Subseasonal to Seasonal Prediction System, Version 2 (GEOS-S2S-V2) — running at the NCCS — forecasted a persistent negative precipitation anomaly on the west coast three months ahead of time and with high probability.


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